Thursday, July 7, 2011

Time With Grace... Picnic Basket Tutorial


Hello ODBD friends!  I'm excited today, as it's my turn to spend "Time With" you,  and many of you have asked for a tutorial on how I made the picnic basket for the May 1 Blog Hop.  So today is the day.... I have  made a new set up as a "Get Well" Basket,  and taken pictures step by step, so I hope you can follow them easily!  So let's get started!

Materials Needed:

Good quality card stock (I used  Vintage Cream here)
Our Daily Bread designs Vintage Border Embossing Plate
4 small brads
Ribbon and Embellishments as desired
Ink for sponging if desired ( I used VersaColor Laurel Leaf 1" cube)
Hole Punch
Strong Adhesive (Red tacky tape or TomBow Metal Glue work great)


Along the long side of your card stock:
Cut 1 strip of card stock to 1 1/2" wide x 11" long
Cut 2 strips 3/4" wide x 8" long (handles)
Cut 1 strip 3/4" wide x 5 7/8" long (top strip)
Cut 1 strip 3/4" wide x 11" long (top strip)
With what's left of your 8.5 x 11" cs, cut two pieces about 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Emboss the two 4.5" x 5.5" pieces with the Vintage Border Embossing Plate.

1 Basket-embossingAlign Center

Trim them to 4 x 5". (Embossing can shrink your size just a bit so I like to emboss a slightly larger piece and then trim it to the exact size I need.)

2 Basket-embossed-panel-cut

Score these 4 x 5" pieces at 1" along the long side. (This will form the fold that goes inside the basket and hides the backs of the brads) So your basket will be 3 x 5" when this 1" is folded inside.

3 Basket-embossed-panel-score

Score the 1.5" x 11" strip along the LONG sides, in 1/4" from each side.

5 Score long sides

Score this same strip 3" from each short side and with snips slit in to the long score mark at the 3" scores

6 Basket-sides-snip

Fold and burnish all score lines

7 Basket-Burnish-all-score-li

If you want to apply any ink to your basket, this would be a good time to do so. I used a 1" cube and applied directly to the card stock, trying for a streaky effect on the solid parts.

8 Basket-Ink-

With scored line at the top of your 4 x 5" pieces, start adhering your 1/4" folds of the 1.5 x 11" strip to the back side of the front and back of the basket. Work one side at a time. (Be sure to use a strong adhesive. I use TomBow Metal as it gives me a little wiggle time, but holds FIRM! It does NOT need much, so don't worry about complete coverage if using the TomBow.) * NOTE: Begin from the bottom of the basket and work up. The sides will end at the point of your 1" score line that runs across the top of the basket.

Sorry about this photo.. it's actually got the score line at the bottom, as I turned it after assembling it, but it is easiest to assemble from the bottom up as described... it's just the photo that's upside down! :(

9 Bask-assembly

Repeat for the other side and your basket will now look like this:

10 Bask-assembly

Score the 3/4" x 5 7/8" strip at 7/8" (This is the short top strip)

13 Score-top-second-band

Score the 3/4" x 11" strip at 1", 6 ", and 7 1/8" (This is the long top strip and will just have squared ends) ** This is the only tricky part. If you prefer you can wrap the strip around the basket and mark with a pencil where the 3 folds will come, and score there. My measurements worked exactly but if you are just a tad different on your measurements than mine, you might need to tweek the folds so they fit snugly around the corners of the basket

12 Score-Top-Band

Trim the ends of the handles (3/4 x 8" strips) to a point/ or squared off triangle shape if desired. To do this, I draw the shape I want and cut one, then use that one as a template for the others.

11 Snip-Ends-11

Trim both ends of the 3/4 x 5 7/8" top strip in the same way.

Adhere your longest top strip (3/4 x 11") to top of your score line on the basket, (NOT the edge of the paper. If easier, fold that top flap into the basket while doing this step)

This strip will start at one end of the 1" side, wrap the entire front side, the second 1" side and part of the back side. Then adhere your shortest top strip (3/4" x 5 7/8") overlapping the trimmed ends over the first longer strip. (This way both ends that show are trimmed... see photo below)

14 Adhere-Bands

Now your basket will look like this:


Punch holes 1/2" from each end of your handles (for brad)


Measure 2" in from both ends of basket, make a tiny mark and punch a hole there on both sides. Put brad through handle, then hole in basket and secure on all four spots.


Put brads through each handle and then the basket body, securing on inside.


Fold top flap of basket to inside of basket, adhere.


This finishes off the inside nicely and covers the brads.


Embellish as desired.


For mine, I decided to make this one a Get Well Basket, so I used Our Daily Bread designs Mini Tags 2, Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio Three, Our Daily Bread designs Scripture Collection 6 (for a bookmark I added to my basket). I used SU! Baja Breeze ink and Grossgrain Ribbon, and Martha Stewart ribbon for the bookmark. I used Crafty Secrets designer paper to make wraps for a travel pack of tissues, a bundle of tea bags, and a pack of throat lozenges. I tucked in a few cough drops and some Dark Chocolate to lift the spirits.

In case you missed my original basket....

Here are the pictures of the Picnic Basket I made for the May 1st ODBD Blog Hop. You can see the list of materials for that on this post.


For this one I made Scripture cards for the inside of the basket, and used more traditional picnic basket colors. There are so many possibilities.



I hope this has been helpful. If you try it, please let me know so I can see it! Also... please tell your readers where you got the instructions and link my blog. This will be filed on my Tutorials Page.

Thanks so much for spending time with me today! 

DT Coordinator


craftymom205 said...

Great projects. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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Dawn said...

totally awesome Grace!!

Becky said...

wow, this is awesome Grace.

Pearl said...

awesome project & tutorial ! Must try it some time ! ;)

mary jo peterson said...

thank you for the great tutorial....I love to see all the blog ideas but the great visual tutorials make it something I can do

Lori said...

Thanks Grace! It looks like I can follow it just fine. I'm putting the link in my 'Resources' folder. I'll let you know when I finish one. ;-)

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wowza, Grace! Thanks for the fab tute!! I can't decide which one I love most....I'll take 'em both! :)
Beautiful work as usual, darlin'!! God bless!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Great tutorial - I am a visual person, so thanks. Thought it was a darling box when I first saw it with the scripture cards, so glad you shared how you did it. Hugs.

Saints Rule! said...

Thanks Grace! I can't wait to try this!

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Grace, sweet frined, this is over the TOP and back!!! I need to find my mojo and get one of these baskets made!

Gemiel said...

Wow Grace, this is awesome!!! Thanks so much for the wonderfully detailed tutorial.

Marlena M. said...

Wow, you worked hard on this beautiful project. Thank you for taking the time to do the tutorial! ;)

Patter Cross said...

Grace, these are just stunning! And great step-by-step photos! You are amazing!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

What a stunning basket and awesome tutorial Grace!! Gorgeous!!

E. Marie said...

Grace, this is such a great project. I love it.

Conniecrafter said...

that is too cool! Thanks for sharing